Garmin Drive 60 GPS Navigator Full Review
The Garmin Drive 60 GPS Navigator gets you where you want to go. It comes in two models which are the LM and the LMT models. This review will give you a detailed analysis of this great GPS navigation system. We are going to check the device from all the aspects including main features, package contents, usage approaches as well as key pluses and minuses analysis.
- 6.0-inch widescreen
- Intuitive, complete GPS navigational system
- Comes with thorough roadmaps of your continent and consistently updates for life.
- In-built driver sensors feature warnings for risky bends, speed, fatigue, school zones, etc.
- On-board computer guides you with a friendly tone and utilizes traffic lights and landmarks for directions
- Speech recognition system allows for easy navigation by voice
- Foursquare integration allows you to discover fresh and current eating places, shop, etc.
- Alerts you to areas with traffic using traffic updates (only available in LMT model)
- Comes with Trip Advisor integration
- Size: width-6.7 inches (17 cm); height-3.7 inches (9.4 cm); depth-8 inches (2.1 cm)
- Weight: 8.5 pounds (241 grams)
- Battery type: Li-ion rechargeable battery
- Display: Uses WVGA display
- Backlight: Has white backlight
- Screen size: width-5.36 inches (13.6 cm); height-2.8 inches (7.2 cm); diagonal-6.1 inches (15.4 cm)
- Resolution: 800 by 480 pixels
- Battery lifespan: One hour
Maps and Storage
- Maps: Comes with preinstalled road maps
- Updates: Consistent map updates for life
- Storage: microSD card slot (does not come with a microSD card)
- Traffic: Works with live traffic (only available in LMT model)
- Driving: Assists with lane changes and shows you junction signs
- Speed Limits: Shows you speed limits for most of the major roads you will ply
- It comes with a trip planner
- It logs your trips
- Does not have a magnetic powered mount
- Has integrated landmark directions
- Foursquare Integration
A Cheaper Alternative – Garmin Drive 50
The smaller brother of the Garmin Drive 60 has pretty much all the same functionalities except that is smaller in size (5″), weight, does not come with lifetime updating. It costs ca. 20% less.
What is included in the box
- One Garmin Drive 60 (LM or LMT)
- Preinstalled maps
- Lifetime map updating
- Live Traffic updates (only available in LMT model)
- One power cord
- One mount (suction sup)
- One USB cord
- A quick-start pamphlet
Useful Driver Warnings and Updates for Your Daily Travel
The Garmin Drive 60 GPS car navigation system delivers warnings to you to foster safer driving and to help improve your situational responsiveness. Some alerts include sharp corner warnings, gear shifts, level crossings and animal passages.
In addition, Garmin Drive 60 warns you if you drive in the wrong direction on a one-way street and provides warnings about nearby school areas. You will receive notifications about nearby speed cameras and red lights; and if you purchase the LMT model you will also receive alerts about traffic build up in real-time.
For lengthier journeys and after hours of driving, a tiredness alert suggests four breaks and potential rest stops. With the “Up Ahead” tool, you can easily see what’s up ahead like landmarks along your route without leaving your map.
Free Traffic Updates (ONLY COMES WITH THE LMT MODEL)
The Garmin traffic feature provides details about traffic. For example, it provides information on how many minutes a delay will take and any viable detours that will save time. You can also confirm if you are on the fastest route or not.
Lifetime Traffic gives your Garmin Drive 60 the ability to access traffic updates without any advertising or subscription fees throughout its lifetime. Garmin Traffic is works directly from your Garmin Drive 60 and you do not need a smartphone.
Directions Using Identifiable Landmarks
The Garmin Drive 60 brings a new meaning to “voice directions” using Garmin Real Directions, simple instructions that guide you as a friend would, with identifiable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights (for example, “turn left after the blue building ” or “Turn right before the QT”). Thanks to Foursquare, millions of new and popular places are pre-installed and are all yours to discover.
Get Where You Need To
A feature called Direct Access makes finding complex places easier. It simplifies routes to airports and shopping centers by looking for a location within a larger one. The Direct Access feature provides navigation within parking lots and finds the nearest entrance to the location you are going to.
When you are going to the mall, the Direct Access feature provides you with extra information to find specific stores in the mall. E.g. “Arriving at Sheraton Mall, Macy’s is inside on the lower floor.”
The Garmin Drive 60 uses an easy-to-use search box. You can easily find locations and millions of other interesting spots or Points of Interest (POIs). All you have to do is type in a simple category like “Cafe”, an address or a name like “Starbucks” and you’ll get quick search results.
You Can Add a Camera
You can pair up the Garmin Drive 60 with a BC wireless camera 9 that you buy separate. It is recommended that you get a professional to install it for you. Once active and when you reverse your car the camera allows you to see cars, people and other objects on your Garmin Drive screen.
When you are driving with your baby or toddler in the car, you can also buy and install the Garmin baby camera to the Drive 60. This special camera will monitor your child from the backseat and will provide instant views of the backseat on the display when you request for them.
Easy to Manage
The Garmin Drive 60 has quality map information and provides you with the data you need you get to where you want to. It reduces delay times and ultimately reduces the time you spend in your car. It updates itself constantly and so is easy to manage.
Pros and Cons
- Easy and clear navigation
- Good directions
- Smart alerts about incoming emails and text messages
- Smart alerts about turnings, speed limits and speed cameras
- Full maps with consistent live updates
- Traffic alerts (in LMT model)
- Voice controlled
- The smart updates stop you from playing music from your smartphone using the car’s stereo
- Traffic alerts are not as good as other providers
The Garmin Drive 60 is a premium GPS navigator well worth its cost. It is a smart device and its’ hands-free capabilities make it a no-brainer.